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Getaway to Universal Studios Hollywood

This article was written in collaboration with Expedia.com who asked me to share my personal getaway guide to Universal Studios Heading to Universal Studios Hollywood during summer vacation was a frightening idea. The crowds, the lines, the mass of humanity crowded together pushing and shoving! But summer was the only time I could schedule a […]

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Wine, Wineries and Vineyards On California’s Central Coast

Cyprus trees along big sur

California is the nation’s largest wine producer and California’s Central Coast offers some of the best wine and most breathtaking scenery in the state. Many wineries are small, family-owned operations so travelers have the opportunity to meet with the actual winemaker or proprietor to learn about the history and culture of this area. From Ventura […]

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10 Extraordinary Gardens in California

As the breadbasket of the country, California is known for its bountiful harvests of everything from avocados to grapes. But the Golden State is also home to a wealth of Eden-like gardens that thrive thanks to California’s mild weather and variety of microclimates. Here are 10 standouts, in no particular order, all with public access. […]

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January is California Restaurant Month

Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

One of my favorite parts of traveling is discovering new food, whether that’s local restaurants, street vendors, or local ingredients to take home to incorporate into my own cooking. Food loving travelers to California can enjoy a little incentive to flex their food muscle as the state celebrates the 6th annual California Restaurant Month. It’s […]

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Hogwart’s is Coming to Universal Hollywood

The official opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be Thursday, April 7th, 2016. After visiting both Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando earlier this year, I’m excited about having something a little closer to home. Potter fans have been eagerly anticipating this arrival to the West Coast, more […]

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60 Years of Innovation at Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration

Walt Disney observed that Disneyland will never be complete so long as there is imagination left in the world, and since Opening Day, July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort tradition of innovation has continued, inspiring classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Building Seaside Memories with Holidays at The Del

It may barely be the end of summer, but it’s getting to late to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s plans. If you’re looking for a warm weather holiday destination, with a distinct holiday twist, try the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego – it’s offers a beachfront ice rink. Known for celebrating the […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Hit a Home Run with San Francisco Baseball Package

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and is the only luxury property along San Francisco’s waterfront. The season, you can combine luxury and baseball with the Hyatt Regency’s San Francisco Baseball package. The package includes: Accommodations for two $20 food and beverage credit […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Spend the Holidays in Santa Barbara

Old Mission in Santa Barbara

Living in Santa Barbara, it’s not hard to get family and friends to visit, especially during the holidays. The hard part is having enough space for everyone. Visit Santa Barbara’s Holiday Extra Bedroom Promotion is designed to help alleviate this problem by working with hotels to offer local specials November 15th, 2013 – January 15th, […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Crush Season on Central California Coast

Blue Dolphin Inn, California Coast

It’s crush season on the Central California Coast!  This is the playoffs for winegrowers, with the whole year’s efforts leading up the harvest. The Blue Dolphin Inn in Cambria, just 28 miles from Paso Robles, one of California’s most popular wine regions with more than 250 bonded wineries, is offering a new “Coastal Wine Package” […]

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A Complicated Update of My World Map

On my most recent trip to China, I also visited Macao and Hong Kong. Politically, both of these destinations are […]

Travel for Library Lovers

If you’re a lover of books and literature, you probably already visit libraries when you travel. Whether it’s stopping off […]

Review: The Doctors House, Fort Casey Inn

When visitors head to Whidbey Island, they typically think of Langley (at the south end) or Oak Harbor (the naval […]

Recommendations for a Romantic Getaway

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but keeping a list of ideas for romantic getaways close at hand […]